Marisa Helms Feature Archive

After one day of deliberations, a jury found Harry Evans guilty of first degree murder in the death of a St. Paul vice cop. Sgt. Gerald Vick, who was working undercover, was gunned down last May outside a bar on St. Paul's east side. The defense argued the state had the wrong guy. At sentencing, Evans maintained his innocence. (01/27/2006)
Employees of Ford's St. Paul plant say they are relieved they get to keep their jobs. But those jobs are still in limbo. The plant could be among the four as-yet-unidentified assembly plants Ford expects to close. (01/23/2006)
About 2,000 workers at Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant learn the fate of their jobs next week. (01/20/2006)
The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve a total smoking ban in all public places. The ordinance would set the city apart from the rest of Ramsey County, where some bars are exempt from the smoking ban. The tighter city ban is supported by a majority of the City Council, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he will sign it. (01/10/2006)
If the St. Paul Ford plant closes some real estate experts say the site is likely to be converted to residential and retail use. (01/05/2006)
Chris Coleman was sworn in Tuesday as the new mayor of St. Paul. In his first speech as mayor, Coleman emphasized the city's growing diversity and the need for citizen involvement and cooperation. (01/03/2006)
Chris Coleman will be inaugurated Jan. 3, 2006 as St. Paul's 45th mayor.Coleman's family has deep roots in St. Paul and a strong commitment to public service. (12/29/2005)
Technical innovations like TiVO and the Internet are undermining television ad revenues. News media giant Gannett, the owner of KARE 11, has an answer. The company is bringing a hybrid format called "advertainment" to several of its stations nationwide, including KARE 11 in the Twin Cities. (12/13/2005)
Thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane survivors are spending Thanksgiving in Minnesota, separated from friends and family back home. (11/24/2005)
The Mandragora Tango Orchestra is releasing its second CD this weekend. It's indicative of the Twin Cities becoming a center of sensuous Latin dance. (11/18/2005)
Voters punished Mayor Randy Kelly on Tuesday for standing with President Bush a year ago, denying the Democrat a second term in Minnesota's capital city. (11/09/2005)
In St. Paul, Mayor Randy Kelly's support for President Bush has been a dominant issue in his campaign for reelection. After facing off in their final debate on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program, Kelly and challenger Chris Coleman headed out for some final campaigning. (11/07/2005)
The Minneapolis City Council Friday is expected to pass a "Living Wage" ordinance. The legislation would require any business receiving city subsidies to pay their employees at least $12.09 an hour. Supporters are also trying to pass a similar measure in St. Paul. Mayoral candidate Chris Coleman says he would support the St. Paul ordinance. Mayor Randy Kelly and the business community are less enthusiastic. (11/04/2005)
St. Paul mayoral candidate Chris Coleman says if he's elected, he'll raise taxes in the city by no more than $8 million over four years. Mayor Randy Kelly says Coleman is understating the cost of his proposals. (11/03/2005)
With a little over a week to go before the St. Paul mayoral election, incumbent Randy Kelly has been challenging rival Chris Coleman to specify how much he would increase city spending if elected. (11/01/2005)